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Singapore Exchange introduces new business continuity rules

March 2009 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Loo & Partners.

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On 21 January 2009, Singapore Exchange Limited (the “SGX”) issued a press release announcing the introduction of new rules requiring SGX member firms to develop robust “Business Continuity Management (BCM)” arrangements. This follows a public consultation in May 2008, on proposed BCM requirements. The BCM requirements are implemented under the SGX-Securities Trading Rules, Futures Trading rules, CDP Clearing Rules and the SGX-Derivatives Clearing Rules.

In the event of any operational disruptions or major disaster, the marketplace will be more assured of member firms' ability to resume critical business functions in the shortest time possible with these BCM arrangements.

The new BCM Rules will be in effect from 22 January 2009, and SGX Members firms will have period of12 months to comply with the new rules, which cover the following key points:

    • a Member must assess its business and operational risks and maintain adequate business continuity arrangements.
    • a Member must document its business continuity arrangements in a business continuity plan ("BCP").
    • a Member's senior management shall be responsible for the Member's business continuity plan. Sufficient awareness of the risks, mitigating measures and state of readiness must be demonstrated by way of an attestation to the Member's Board of Directors.
    • a Member must review and test its business continuity plan regularly.

In addition, SGX Members are required to appoint "Emergency Contact" persons and to provide the Exchange with their contact details within three weeks of the effective date (by 12 February 2009).

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